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Jennifer P. Keller

President and COO

Jennifer P. Keller is president and chief operating officer of the Firm.

Professional Biography

Overview

Ms. Keller is a former member of the Firm's board of directors and former chair of the Firm's nationally-recognized Labor & Employment Department. As an employment litigator, she advises clients on a wide variety of issues, including discipline and terminations, benefits issues, leave, disability accommodation, policy formulation and enforcement and similar matters.

A substantial part of her practice is providing training for employers in the areas of harassment and discrimination prevention, drug-free workplace, union avoidance and other employment law issues. Ms. Keller also has extensive appellate experience including the briefing and argument of appeals before various state and federal appellate courts.

Licensed in Tennessee and North Carolina, Ms. Keller regularly practices in both state and federal courts in those states. She also regularly appears before various administrative agencies, including the Department of Labor, EEOC, Tennessee Human Rights Commission and NLRB. She has significant experience in mediating, arbitrating, and litigating claims based on the Civil Rights Acts, FMLA, ADA, FLSA, NLRA, ERISA, state workers' compensation laws and state-specific employment laws.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers as a leading Labor & Employment lawyer in Tennessee (since 2010) 
  • Named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2017)
  • Listed in Lawdragon as one of the "Most Powerful Employment Lawyers" (2017)
  • Listed in Human Resource Executive Magazine as one of the "Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys" (2017)
  • Listed in Lawdragon as one of the "40 Up and Coming Corporate Employment Lawyers" (2011, 2014) 
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers (2011 – 2016)
  • Listed in Mid-South Rising Stars (2008, 2010) 
  • Member – Tennessee, North Carolina, Washington County and American Bar Associations
  • Member – DRI
  • Recipient – Johnson City Pro Bono Award (2012)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® in Workers' Compensation Law and Labor and Employment Law (since 2008)
  • Recognized as one of the "Most Powerful Employment Attorneys, Up and Comers" by Human Resource Executive (2011, 2012, 2013) 
  • Recipient – Tennessee Bar Association Award for "Best Article Appearing in a Law Review Published by a Law School in Tennessee During the Past Two Years"
  • Listed in Marquee magazine's "Laudable Lawyers 2006" in the area of Labor & Employment
  • Named as one of Tri Cities' Business Journals "40 Under 40"  (2004)
  • President – Johnson City Evening Rotary Club (2001 – 2002)
  • President – Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors (2007)
  • Named to "Women Who Make a Difference" (Girl Scouts of the Appalachian Council)
  • Recognized – 2013 Leader in Christian Service Honoree by Milligan College
  • Order of the Coif
  • Managing Editor – Tennessee Law Review
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Education

  • University of Tennessee School of Law, J.D., 1996, with highest honors
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville, B.S., 1993, with highest honors

Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1997
  • Tennessee, 1996

Department chair Jennifer Keller is a highly regarded employment litigator with significant experience in single and collective discrimination cases. She also runs workplace training programs, advising management and staff on litigation avoidance issues.

Jennifer Keller is active on a range of employment disputes including discrimination, harassment and termination matters. She is also well reputed for providing training to management on a number of issues such as union avoidance and discrimination prevention.

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